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A breezy, sophisticated leap forward for the L.A. indie-pop band. Refining the primal thump of 2010’s Gorilla Manor and wide-open anthems of 2013’s Hummingbird, Sunlit Youth is a lean, polished album that folds soft rock (“Dark Days”), electro-pop (“Masters”), and soul (“Coins”) into the band’s passionate—and passionately eclectic—sound.

Customer Reviews

Junior slump?

Does not approach their earlier work. Rave reviews are desperate gulps of Kool-Aid.

Huge Disappointment

Im a hardcore Natives fan. Im also not a hipster. This is nothing like their previous two albums. I know bands progress and as they do their sound changes. This album still has their signature sound but sounds like the rest of the electronic hipster trash out these days. Don't get me wrong, their previous albums really set them apart from the rest of the hipster garbage every one is sniveling over right now. Im really disappointed the lush guitars are replaced with synth and electronic drums on almost every song. Everybody raving on this album is a hipster sheep.

Fails to reach prior heights

iTunes reviews are funny becuase few people are actually objective. A band they like releases an album and it automatically gets 5 stars...

Local Natives appear to be yet another act that is developing their sound by leveraging modern technology and electronic instruments. That is disappointing in my opinion as it takes out the organic feel that they were so good at. I have nothing against more electronically tilted acts but I usually don't care for bands that adopt this sound.

I will say one thing they do very well in this album is the layering of vocals. They focus on different melodies on top of each other instead of different harmonies of the same melody. As no surprise, the few really good songs harken back to their prior work. These songs have an acoustic drum sound as well as guitars which are largely missing throughout the album. They rely heavily on synth and electronic sounding drums which in my opinion results in disjointed material that is unmemorable. Unlike Gorilla Manor, the quieter parts of the album are boring and seem to lack development.

Gorilla Manor is a classic in my opinion and Hummingbird was quite good. This album will likely grow on me and is not a complete flop but they are trending downward. Just another band that can't maintain a really high level of music production that they established quickly. I do not have high expecations for them moving forward like I once did.


Formed: 2008 in Silver Lake, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2008, Local Natives craft their dramatic and eclectic brand of indie rock from their home base in Los Angeles, California. Meeting in their Orange County high school, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (all of whom handle vocal duties) recruited drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm and moved to Silver Lake, where they began to forge their highly collaborative sound. Utilizing lots of vocal harmonies and drifting, dreamlike melodies, Local Natives have...
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